(navigation image)
Home American Libraries | Canadian Libraries | Universal Library | Community Texts | Project Gutenberg | Children's Library | Biodiversity Heritage Library | Additional Collections
Search: Advanced Search
Anonymous User (login or join us)
Upload
See other formats

Full text of "A year and a day; Westwood Village, Westwood Hills"

THE LIBRARY 
OF 

THE UNIVERSITY 

OF CALIFORNIA 

LOS ANGELES 




'Wdstwood. Village and 
WestfVooA Hills. 

John Stevein, 
KicQvooLrhj^ 





THE LIBRARY 

OF 

THE UNIVERSITY 

OF CALIFORNIA 

LOS ANGELES 



A YEAR AND A DAY 



Westwood Village 
Westwood Hills 



By 
John Steven McGroarty 



A YEAR AND A DAY 

Westivood Village and Westwood Hills 
By JOHN STEVEN McGROARTY 




The Sunset Sea 



ONE DAY in the 
Springof theyear 
I wandered over 
the old historic 
Rancho of San Jose 
de Buenos Aires in 
California of the 
South. From its roll- 
ing hills there were 
glimpses of the vast 
expanse of the Pa- 
cific, Mother of the 
Seas, stretching under turquoise skies to mystical Cathay. 

Beyond, to the northward, towered the star-reaching, snow- 
crowned peaks of the Sierra Madres. From eastward came the 
tenuous hum of the roar of traffic of the great Wonder City of the 
West, and of the world. I could see, dim and softened to the eye, the 
roofs of its temples and its husy marts of trade. The white, shining 
monolith of its Babylonian Tower shone against the bending ^ies 
through the veils of the morning haze. 

El Rancho San Jose de Buenos Aires — St. Joseph and good air — 
California's patron Saint for companion; and the breath of the 
desert, blended with the breath of the sea, to sing in one's happy 
lungs and dance in a happy heart. 

Upon that won- 
drous Springtime day 
there was yet no sign 
of the trespass of the 
invading city. Now 
and then was a relic 
in some form of ruin 
that spoke memories 
of old days that are 
gone — days when 
dons and the patri- 
archs ruled the glad 
land with the gentle 




A Remnant of the Old Spanish Days 



A YEAR AND A DAY 



mmmimmm 




Tomato Vines, April, 1929 



courtesy of kindly 
power. 

And there, in the 
midst of the hills, fill- 
ing a wide field of the 
green campagna that 
sloped toward the sea, 
I came upon an amaz- 
ing stretch of new 
tomato vines. Garden- 
ers were at work, bent 
to pleasant toil in the 
joyous morning. Soon 

there would be red vine apples for soups and salads in the roaring 

town, with the old matchless flavor of San Jose de Buenos Aires in 

them. 

Sped then upon Time's swift wings a year — one little, fleeting 

year, that was come and gone so soon that it seemed scarcely to have 

been at all. 

And then I went back again to the Rancho San Jose de Buenos 

Aires. I went back to behold a change of which I had been told — a 

change that men said was like a miracle. 

Where my beloved vineyard of the tomatoes had been there arose 

before my eyes a lovely city of domes and tiled roofs, luring porticos 

and cloistered arcades that stood like a Phoenician dream on either 

side of wide, sunlit streets. 

And it was within the little sweep of just a year and a day that 

this almost unbelievable transformation had come to pass. 

It is of Westwood Village that I am speaking, newest of the new 

cities of California of the South, and in every way the most remark- 
able of them all. 

When I returned to see again the rolling hills, in the clasp of 

which was my vast and 

well -beloved tomato 

field, there was no time 

for pangs of regret. 

The amazement that 

swept me and the won- 
der of what I saw, and 

the sheer beautv that is 

Westwood Village, 

gave no room for any 

other thought. 

It seems that God. 

when He made lovelv 

hills and luring vales. 




Westwood Village 
A Miniature Los Angeles 



Four 



A YEAR AND A DAY 




Tower of the Holmby 
Building 



had it also in His great plan to give 
man the opportunity to add still to the 
picture. 

Sometimes man has blundered path- 
etically, and even stupidly, in his efforts. 
Too often, alas, man makes almost 
hideous, by his crude blundering, hills 
and vales that were entrancingly lovely 
before his hand was laid upon them. 

But Westwood Hills is the one place 
in the world that I would say the op- 
portunity laid open to man has been 
taken advantage of in the right way, to 
the fullest and most satisfying extent. 
Westwood Hills, standing now where 
once basked in the sun the waste lands 
of Rancho San Jose de Buenos Aires, 
is the vision of the Janss Investment 
Corporation of Los Angeles. This out- 
standing real estate institution has 
earned the everlasting gratitude of us 
all for this one single achievement, even though it never might have 
had, or ever will have, another. 

With splendid vision and a full sense of responsibility, the Janss 
people, when they secured possession of the Rancho San Jose de 
Buenos Aires, determined to create an ideal community that should 
be ideal not only in its physical aspects but in the temper and char- 
acter of its inhabitants. The Janss Investment Corporation has built 
for itself an enduring monument, both of beauty and practicability. 
It was first proposed to build what would become a second 
Hollywood, in the respect that it would become a center of motion 
picture producing and manufacturing activities. And it is true that 
various of the great motion picture corporations were eager to trans- 
fer their business to 
this new scene. How- 
ever, it was onlv the 
Fox Film Corporation 
that took definite steps. 
It is reported that the 
Fox Corporation will 
make added improve- 
ments totaling millions 
of dollars during th? 
coming year. The sud- 
den and phenomenal 
increase in land values The Dome Building 




Five 



A YEAR AND A DAY 




Sorority Row 



on the old Rancho, 
immediately upon its 
subdivision was so 
great that it bounded 
beyond the reach of 
the other film com- 
panies for the pur- 
poses of studios. 

The Janss Invest- 
ment Corporation held 
invulnerably from the 
very start to its vision 
of Westvvood Village. 



It did not permit, and still does not permit, the erection of any build- 
ing of any kind whatsoever that does not fit into the picture. The new 
city is almost wholly constituted of the best type of Mediterranean 
architecture. It might well be a city of Phoenicia or of Spain, so 
alluring is its loveliness. 

The Streets of Old Monterey 

Indeed, upon my second visit I was shown a drawing of a pro- 
posed improvement of a very beautiful section of the old Rancho. 
A drawing of the way that this part of the Rancho would be when 
improved. Not knowing what the drawing portrayed, I was asked 
what I thought it might be. And I said, "Well, this spot is very 
familiar to me. It is a place on the Island of Mallorca, in the heart 
of the Mediterranean, which I saw when I had a loan from God and 
had gone wandering in ships and caravans." 

This little incident illustrates better than any words of mine 
could possibly convey, the deft touch and the scrupulous care with 
which the Janss people are making Westwood Village and Westwood 
Hills the outstanding wonder in a world of wonders. 

With beauty as its very religion, how logical it then seems that 
Westwood Hills has already become, and is destined to become still 
more so, the educa- 
tional center of Cali- 
fornia of the South. In 
the finest setting in the 
world Learning has al- 
ready lighted there her 
torch-a torch that will 
burn throughout the 
years to come as a bea- 
con light for the foot- 
steps of the generations 
seeking the shrine of 
knowledge and beauty. 




Patio of the Masonic Building 



Six 



A YEAR AND A DAY 



The first great buildings of the "University of California at Los 
Angeles" already tower over Westvvood Village. When fully com- 
pleted this great University alone will represent an investment of 
ninety millions of dollars. The entire project will include not less 
than twenty buildings. 

Besides the University there will be numerous other schools, 
among which may be mentioned Marymount School for Girls, St. 
John's Military Academy, Holmby College and Westlake School for 
Girls, Harvard Military Academy and Mount St. Mary's Girls' 
College. There is also planned at Westwood Village a Paulist 
Fathers Parochial School, and nearby are three public Grammar 
Schools, a public High School and a public Junior High School. 

With the memory of old college towns through which I have 
wandered throughout America — old college towns with quaint little 
homes and unimaginative sorority and fraternity houses and the 
plain old halls of education, I was fairly swept off my feet by the 
glorious provision that has been made for students' homes in West- 
wood Village. 

The sorority and fraternity houses there are like gorgeous 
private residences, the sorority houses all strung down a sunlit 
sloping avenue, and the fraternity houses beyond on a street that 
winds through nooks of the hills. Unless so informed, the passer-by 
would never dream that these handsome mansions shelter and house 
the eager youth of the University of California at Los Angeles. 

Trees grow like magic on the rich, long-rested soil of the old 
Rancho San Jose de Buenos Aires. And thousands of trees have been 
planted there to add the last exquisite touch of beauty to a scene 
that never lacked beauty. The flame of flowers and the luring green 
of hedges everywhere greets the eye. 

The glory of the land of glory is this Westwood Village, the great 
mountains shining above it and the shimmer of the sunlit sea below. 
It is a place of dreams come true, of vision realized — a miracle in an 
age from which it was thoughtlessly said miracles had passed. 



CHURCHES 

Several denominations have established houses of worship in 
Westwood Hills. Among them you will find the Westwood Com- 
munity Congregational Church, the Westwood Community Methodist 
Church, Twenty-eighth Church of Christ, Scientist; the University 
Presbvterian Church, and the Church of St. Paul the Apostle (Paulist 
Fathers). 



Seven 




THE Westwood Mortgage 
AND Investment Company, 
a subsidiary of the Janss Invest- 
ment Corporation, is definitely 
committed to Janss standards 
in all types of construction. 

A-1 quality materials. 

The best of artisans. 

All the savings that go with 
large production and efficient 
management. 

REMEMBER 
The Westwood Mortgage and 
Investment Company is a Janss 
organization. Your financing or 
building problems will be 
handled by Janss trained men, 
with Janss responsibility be- 
hind each transaction. 




Wes 

Mortgage at 
Con 

INCOME STR 
BUSIN 




Nationally ac 
used in our b 

BE 
The advertised arti 
on repeated order; 
vidual transaction; 
such materials and 
tain to be the best 
advertised product, 
of confidence and 
not only in the in 
source of satisfacti 
is desired. 

The Westwood 
MENT Company hoi 
essential details, an 
is pleasingly varied 
lasting value are 1 
architects and bui 
nation. 



vood 

i Investment 

lany 

CTURES 
,SS BLOCKS 
HOMES 




'tised products are 
dings — 

USE 

depends for success 
ither than the indi- 
jnce, the quality of 
tented articles is cer- 
•tainable. Nationally 
re a rightful source 
(uce sales resistance 
1 transfer but are a 
in the event a resale 

iRTCAGE AND InVEST- 

is standardized in its 
/hile the architecture 
e elements that make 
wn to home-owners, 
rs throughout the 





i^iP 


^BbpM 


Wv^M 


■ 




yJl^ 


1 




■J^ 









SAFE FINANCING 
The safety of the buyer is 
considered in the proper pro- 
portioning of first and second 
paper, the first lien being of 
sufficiently modest proportions 
that this company, or any 
financial house, should find it 
an attractive investment. 

CONSULTATION WITHOUT 
OBLIGATION 

You are invited to confer 
with our executives in regard 
to your financing problems. 
Ask for their suggestions. 

LOANS 
IN ANY AMOUNT 
We make loans on improved 
and unimproved property. 




A YEAR AND A DAY 



A COMMUNITY OF CULTURE 

To live in Westwood Hills is to live in the midst of beauty and 
to enjoy the society of neighbors whose cultural ideals are the same 
as your own. Carefully drawn restrictions safeguard the entire 
property for periods ranging from twenty to fifty years. So great 
has been the building activity that a prominent Los Angeles city 
official publicly described the development as "miraculous." 

The strategic location, between the city and the sea, is of benefit 
to all members of the family. You may don your bathing suit at 
home and in a few minutes be at your favorite beach, or fishing from 
boat, pier or strand. The distance from the city is just right for a 
half-hour of clear thought and relaxation. 

Four splendid golf courses, both public and private, adjoin the 
property. Tennis courts and riding academies are a few minutes 
from your door. Many miles of mountain trails will lure you to the 
beauty of the hills. 

The incomparable school facilities of Westwood Hills will 
enable your children to make invaluable social contacts. To live in 
the neighborhood of U.C.L.A. is a rare privilege in itself. The 
campus embraces some three hundred eighty-five acres, a large 
proportion of which is being transformed into a park. The business, 
apartment, sorority and fraternity areas are carefully segregated 
and all of these buildings are subjected to rigid restrictions as to 
cost and architecture. 

Westwood Hills has been divided into four sections, each equally 
desirable and each restricted to dwellings of a certain cost. The 
area lying between Pico and Santa Monica Boulevards has been 
set aside for homes ranging in value from S6,000 to $10,500; from 
Santa Monica to Wilshire Boulevards are homes valued from S9.500 
to $18,500; while north of Wilshire and including the Holmby Hills 
section, the values run from $18,500 to $250,000. 

We believe we are doing every family a service when we urge 
them to locate where they will want to live today, next year or twenty 
years hence. Families with children cannot logically put off the 
choice of a home site, for here you may have your youngsters with 
you from kindergarten, through public or private schools, to grad- 
uation from the University. You, as the head of a family, are urged 
to locate your home noiv, where progress should assist toward 
financial independence. 

If you cannot quite afford the home of your choice now, make 
the small initial payment today on a lot in the section which you 
prefer. You will be greatly pleased with the reasonable prices of 
these desirable homesites. 

Drive out Pico, Santa Monica, Wilshire or Beverly Boulevard, 
to any of our tract offices. There is no obligation in connection with 
our service. 



Ton 



A YEAR AND A D A Y 




FIFTY MILES OF BRIDLE TRAILS 



^~rhc) heart 

of an- I jij 

Unemllea • 
IdAlE 





FOUR GOLF COUIWESi 

AOJOININO 
WES7WOO0 HIUS ■ 



Cmilorens 

PLfcVGROUMO 




Eleven 



A YEAR AND A DAY 







WESTWOOD Business Village offers the utmost 
in modern shopping convenience. Here you 
will find branches of several large downtown estab- 
lishments, as well as many of the popular chain 
stores. 

There are now approximately seventy merchants 
ready to serve you. Several new concerns are either 
building now or planning structures in the Village. 

FIRMS YOU know: Desmond's- Westwood, Safe- 
way Market, Campbell's Book Store, Ralphs 
Market, Geo. Hunt, Furniture; Weaver-Jackson, 
Security-First National Trust and Savings Bank, 
Citizens National Trust and Savings Bank, Van de 
Kamp's Bakery, Master Service Garage, Kelley 
Music, Potter Hardware, etc., etc. 




Twelve 



A Y EAR AND A D A Y 




OUR Rental Department is located 
in the Dome Building in Westwood 
Village. If you are not ready to buy, 
we may be able to place you in one of 
these handsome apartment houses. There 
are also bungalow courts, duplex and 
flat buildings, as well as single resi- 
dences, both furnished and unfurnished. 
Rentals are moderate. 




Tliiitocn 



A YEAR AND A DAY 




ENCLOSED GARDENS are a part of our 
heritage from the Spanish-Mexican 
days of old California. 

Those who have enjoyed the incom- 
parable atmospheric conditions of this 
area will tell you of nights of delightful 
rest, undisturbed by the clang of traffic 
signals or the shriek of sirens. They will 
tell you of breathing air fresh from the 
Pacific, of freedom from carbon mon- 
oxide gas, generated by the thousands 
of automobiles in the congested areas. 




Fourteen 



A YEAR AND A DAY 




University of California at Los Angeles 




Artist's Sketch of the "Streets of Monterey" 



Sixteen 



Print i-d in the \' illage 

by tln- 
Weslicood Hills I^ress 



\ 




PAMPHIET BINoii 



Syracuse, N. Y. 
Slockfon. Colif. 



,].'". "-i'S"-"''? ;, : ;' . > : . f/; i5''''if'«f'>'i&ii^ 'ift*;r^r^^"i3